English at Baines in Key Stage 3 both builds on English at Key Stage 2, and prepares pupils for the demands of Key Stage 4. We want our pupils to have the knowledge and the literacy skills required to help them with GCSE and with life beyond school. Pupils build and reinforce this knowledge and these skills through a carefully chosen topic-based curriculum. It is our aim that we foster in pupils and appreciation and love of literature and non-fiction writing, both classic and modern, and become skilled communicators, both written and verbally. We encourage our pupils to think critically and with independence, to appreciate the importance of values both British and universal, and we want all of our learners to be resilient and confident in an enjoyable subject that is absolutely vital, both across school and in the wider world beyond.
Key Stage 4 English at Baines builds on the skills and knowledge learnt at both Key Stages 2 and 3, and prepares pupils for the rigours and the demands of both GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. They will learn skills that are vital for life after school, such as the ability to communicate clearly, whether in spoken or written language, and the ability to read for meaning in increasingly sophisticated texts. Through GCSE English Literature, we want our learners to not only enjoy the texts we study, but also appreciate the way in which they have been written, and develop an understanding of the values and idea that underpin those texts.
Names of staff, role & contact details
HT1 HT2 HT3 HT4 HT5 HT6
Year 7 School Life Gothic Tales Heroes and Villains Shared Text A Midsummer Nights Dream A Midsummer Nights Dream
Year 8 What the Dickens? Science Fiction, Fact and Dystopia Write Around the World prose, poetry and drama Charity Campaign Shared Text
Year 9 Crime and Mystery Exploration and Adventure Shared Text War and Conflict Exam
+ Of Mice and Men
Year 10* Language Component 1A Narrative Writing Literature Paper 1 A Christmas Carol Language Component 2 A and B Capital Punishment Literature Paper 1 Romeo and Juliet Language Component 1B Literature Paper 1 Revision Language Component 1 Revision Exams Year 11* Literature Paper 2 An Inspector Calls Literature Paper 2 Poetry: Power and Conflict Literature Paper 2 Poetry: Power and Conflict continued, Unseen Poetry Exam Preparation Language Component 1 and 2 Literature Paper 1 and 2
How and when is my child assessed?
The English Department assesses pupils in KS3 every half-term, following the Lancashire Assessment model. Over the course of an academic year, we assess reading and writing skills through a range of tasks, culminating in an end-of-year examination. Pupils use skills books and assessment books.
During KS4, pupils are assessed throughout the two-year course, through a micture of classroom assessments at the end of units and using formal mock examinations
|Name of course(s) offered||Exam board||Link to spec||Nature of assessment|
|GCSE English Language||Eduqas (WJEC)||https://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/english-language/gcse/eduqas-gcse-english-language-from-2015-e.pdf||Two examinations (1 hour 45 and 2 hours).
Internally assessed Spoken Language presentation.
|GCSE English Literature||AQA||https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702/specification-at-a-glance||Two examinations (1 hour 45, 2 hours 15).|